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That Was Then, This Is Now Essay | Critical Essay #1

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Critical Essay #1

Poquette holds a bachelor's degree in English and specializes in writing about literature. In the following essay, Poquette examines Hinton's use of Charlie's death as the main catalyst for Bryon's emotional growth in That Was Then, This Is Now.

That Was Then, This Is Now is one of Hinton's—and young adult fiction's—classic coming-of-age stories. Hinton stages her story amidst the gritty street background that characterized many of her young adult books, and employed the same realistic themes that helped to change the tone of young adult fiction in general. As Hinton discussed in Speaking for Ourselves, when she was a teenager, "there wasn't much to read except Mary Jane Goes to the Prom, and I couldn't stand to read that stuff." Instead, Hinton's teenagers face adult situations, make adult decisions, and deal with adult consequences. In That Was Then, This Is Now, the teenager...

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